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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)

TITLE: Be Mine
By Darlene Edmondson
02/26/12


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I am a hopeless romantic. Is there any other kind? So of course I bounced out of bed on February 14th and started my usual routine. I did the night-before dishes, loaded dirty clothes, read the daily devotional and hurried off to the gym. In the recesses of my mind, I pondered...umm...will I receive an e-card...maybe chocolates...or flowers?

The day began eroding with no hint of a valentine wish. "It's okay", I told myself and sat down to watch TV. I flipped the channel to a Christian station and listened to Pat Robertson. He talked about the legend of Valentine's Day and how it grew in popularity. Pat explained, "there was a Christian prisoner in Rome named Valentine, who was soon to be executed for his faith". His captors asked if he wanted to speak any last words before his death. He tenderly replied, "I want to send a message to my wife". They granted the request and his note simply said: "Your Valentine".

My heart welled up inside and tears formed in my eyes as Pat announced this was a true story. I felt vulnerable, which led to more self-absorption. Again, my thoughts turned to doubts..."Where is my valentine? Does no one remember me"?

With twilight falling and still disappointed, I decided to take my dog Gus for a walk. While on the trodden path, I glanced over and saw something gleaming, shiny and red. Huh...What? I investigated more. It was a bright red, heart-shaped balloon! When I looked closer, the words said: BE MINE! Whoa.
Wait a minute. How did this balloon get here? I live on sixty, spacious and heavily-wooded acres. Of all the many places and treetops this balloon could have lodged, it seemed impossible for it to land precisely on that narrow walking trail.

When I realized my heavenly Father allowed this unlikely occurrence, I was overwhelmingly conquered by His love and encouragement. "Oh, yes Lord, I will be your Valentine"! God is the greatest lover and encourager of all time and eternity. His desire and request for everyone is: BE MINE!

"In this life we have three lasting qualities---faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love".
(I Corinthians 13:13 Phillips)


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CD Swanson 03/01/12
Awww. So beautiful. I enjoyed this so much, it gave me goose bumps!

Yes, He is our everything...and He is always ready to lift and love us fully and completely.

This was amazing. Thanks, it blessed my heart.

God bless you~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/05/12
I truly enjoyed this sweet story. I have had a tough couple of months. However, each time I was down low Jesus sent me a special "I love you." This story is another 'kiss from my king" Thank you for writing it
Kathleen Langridge03/08/12
Delightful devotional. A loving reminder, we are not alone. We are loved more than we can ever know.